Not only Tadd Dameron composed “If You Could See Me Now” for Sarah Vaughan, but he also did the orchestral arrangement.
Sarah Vaughan’s 1946 original recording was released through Musicraft Records.
This tune became one of her signature songs.
In 1998 her rendition was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Also this tune was embraced by jazz instrumentalists and vocalists alike.
As with most of Dameron’s compositions, it has been recorded by many jazz musician and vocalists.
Recently I found an interesting interview with pianist Bill Charlap.
July 08, 2015(JazzWax)
“Misty is a beautiful song. It’s very much a ballad in the tradition of great jazz
writers like Tadd Dameron. Misty is in some ways a cousin of Dameron’s If You Could See Me Now.”Here is Sarah Vaughan sings “If you could see me now”(May 7, 1946),
Here is Sarah Vaughan sings “If you could see me now”(May 7, 1946),
Sonny Burke & His Orchestra joining trumpeter Freddie Webster.
Here is Tadd Dameron plays “If You Could See Me Now”.
Here is Sonny Stitt with the Quincy Jones band play “If You Could See Me Now(1955)”.
Here is Oliver Nelson and Red Garland play “If You Could See Me Now”
The session would be the only time Nelson and Garland recorded together.
Here is Dianne Reeves Sarah sings “If you could see me now”.
Here is Wes Montgomery & Wynton Kelly Trio play “If You Could See Me Now”.